usfa@usaskfaculty.ca

Important Update: Sabbatical Travel Funds

We have negotiated a Letter of Understanding that allows expanded use of sabbatical travel funds to address limitations on travel during the COVID-19 emergency. Employees who were/are on sabbatical during the academic years 2019-2020, 2020–2021 or 2021-2022 shall be permitted to use sabbatical travel funds for any purposes related to their approved sabbatical plan, provided that such expenditures […]

Read More »

Lessons from Laurentian

LUFA and OCUFA are calling for the resignation of Senior Laurentian University Leadershipand Ontario Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano who they claim were complicit in creating the university’s financial crisis. The result of the crisis is that Laurentian has terminated 83 professors, eliminated 27 positions through attrition and retirement, and cut 70 programs. Laurentian […]

Read More »

The COVID Asterisk

Some Senior Administrators have reassured faculty that there will be a COVID “asterisk” on their promotion/tenure files because of negative consequences of the pandemic. There is no information about how case files will be assessed with the implications of the pandemic in mind.  What you need to do in the annual review process is ask […]

Read More »

Important Event: Laurentian University Phone Bank

The insolvency process at Laurentian University is moving swiftly and will conclude mid-April. Without intervention, this closed-door process—intended for private sector corporations—will determine the future of this public institution, key employer, and cultural hub in the region.  The federal government needs to work with the government of Ontario and provide emergency funding to save Laurentian […]

Read More »

Laurentian University – an Update

From CAUT President Brenda Austin-Smith: “Today, lay-off notices were issued to tenured and contract academic staff members of Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA). Although the details of the mediation agreement at Laurentian University remain confidential, Radio-Canada has reported that more than 60 programs are being cut. We also know that LUFA worked tirelessly under enormous […]

Read More »

Important update: APEFs

Last week’s communication from the Employer regarding the option for faculty to make a one-time request for an allowance of up to one year’s APEF allocation to offset expenses related to setting up a remote workspace contained a link that does not work. The correct link is: https://paws5.usask.ca/workingremotely#workremotely. Please note that there is no requirement to […]

Read More »

One-time taxable allocation from APEFs available to USFA members

USFA members now have the option to request a one-time allowance from their accountable professional expense funds to help defray expenses associated with establishing a home office/remote workspace to conduct teaching, research, and related professional activities. The maximum amount you can request is $2200 and is dependent on the balance of your APEF. The request may […]

Read More »

March 30, 2021 Deadline to Submit Expense Claims to Sun Life for Health, Dental and Flexible Spending Benefit Plans

Claims for reimbursement for any expenses from any of the benefit plans must be submitted to and received by Sun Life within 90 days of the end of the calendar year in which the expense is incurred. This means that the deadline for submitting claims incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2020 is March 30, 2021.  Claims must be received by […]

Read More »

International Women’s Day 2021

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day (IWD). For more than a century IWD has been observed around the world to raise awareness of issues affecting women. It is a global day to recognize and celebrate advancements while reminding us of the need for continued vigilance and action.  The UN, noting “from challenge comes change,” […]

Read More »